Varsity Men HOCR 2015

October 17-18 2015
Boston, MA

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Laker Navy Take on Top Competition at Head of the Charles

The Laker Navy has gained some valuable experience from the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta. Temperatures dipped into the 30′s as the five crews took to the water for the biggest race in the fall. Despite the cold weather, the team had a safe and successful trip to Boston Massachusetts.

The first crews to race were the four man crews. First to launch was the men’s club 4+. Facing a field of over fifty competitive entries, the crew battled their way to a 37th place finish. The women’s colligate four faced an equally large and competitive field and finished 23 out of 35 crews.

The colligate men’s four found the most success, finishing 21st and securing a bid for the 2016 event.

Perhaps the biggest victory from this weekend was the women’s colligate 8+. Rowing with six underclassmen in the boat, the determined woman’s boat raced their way into a 14th place finish. “All in all I felt we did well considering the level of experience of most of this crew,” said head coach John Bancheri. “The women average 3 semesters of collegiate experience. I believe they rowed above their current talent level. Their determination showed in what I would say is perhaps not so crisp blade work, yet they attacked every stroke to prove their point.”

The varsity men’s 8+ earned another top ten finish for the university. The crew struggled out of the start, facing a strong headwind, but rallied to finish 10th in the field. However both rower and coach felt like they could do more. Asked how the men’s team preformed, coach Bancheri replied “As for the men’s crew, quite frankly I believe they rowed below their ability. You could see a lack of uniform attack on each stroke, which is also shown in their average stroke rating of 31 up the course.”

“From this weekend we have learned what are capabilities are at this point and now have 6 months to improve upon this starting point which will lead us to the ACRA championship in May.”

While the Head of the Charles is a major regatta, many other critical events lay ahead for the Laker Navy. The next major step for the team will be the Lubbers Regatta in the spring. The whole team is more determined than ever to get better and take the necessary steps to surpass past successes. We cannot do it without your continued support; the team thanks all of the Laker Navy family for theirs. The team will finish out of the fall swinging, the next regatta will be the Head of the Eagle, where both novice and varsity will race.

The Grand Valley State University Rowing Club challenges its student-athletes to reach the highest level to which they aspire both academically and athletically, while continuing to build and sustain a nationally competitive intercollegiate rowing program.

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